SA Mines and Energy Journal : August-September 2011
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2011 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL As the managing director for South Australian company Centrex Metals, Jim White's wide-ranging expertise has given him a knack for organisation, along with a real eye for natural resources. Living in both the city and in rural communities, Mr White has an in-depth understanding of both the incredible value offered by our state's natural resources, and the importance of ethical business practices. With almost four decades of professional experience behind him, Mr White's passion for minerals and metallurgy really extends back to his childhood. His father's talent for engineering awakened his interest in metallurgy at an early age. "I became a metallurgist because my father used to make live model steam engines," he said. "We had a foundry in our backyard. There was a bit of a path there that became a natural progression." Graduating from Melbourne University with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science, Mr White began his metallurgical career proper in 1974. He spent the next 21 years in Victoria with Australian giant BHP. The 15 years that followed saw him move to Whyalla, continuing his work with BHP, then with OneSteel. A subsidiary of BHP at the time, OneSteel separated from their parent company in 2000. Mr White was quite happy to take up the role of Development Manager for the new company. "I grew up in the city, but I was very happy in Whyalla," he said of his 1995 move to South Australia. "It's more about the opportunity and the work." OneSteel's Whyalla Steelworks is one of the company's major manufacturing facilities, as well as one of the BY LACHLAN WATT Jim White on mining and motorsport Jim White at the location of the proposed Sheep Hill Port.